Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Temple Garage - Race 11 (25th August 2009)

The choice tonight was cycling with Lance and 1000 others or doing the Temple TT. Obviously the Temple TT was the best option.

The last Temple TT for this year saw 10 riders turn up. Enda's course record of 27:42 remained intact despite Vaughan's best efforts.

Biggest whinge of the night went to Glen who it seems was the only one caught by the roadwork traffic lights costing him an apparent 40 secs. When I went past him anyway I thought he could use a break so maybe it was not a bad thing.

A noteable performance tonight from Wes with a good speedy outing.

Ricky Cowan had a lucky escape when his front derailler broke just after the race. I put this down to all the jumping into the big gear during the winter.

I hope Maeve enjoyed her beans on toast afterwards - well earned.

Thanks to Davy who did timekeeping duties and hopefully he can get some new cleats for next week.

Hope to see as many as possible in a week's time for the last one of the year.

1 Vaughan Purnell 27.48
2 Desi McHenry 29.42
3 Bill Rafferty 30.26
4 Dave Lonnen 30.29
5 Wes Kettyle 30.30
6 B Loughbridge 31.39
7 Glen Pollock 31.46
8 Maeve Cahill 32.53
9 Willie Noteman 33.31
10 Ricky Cowan 34.33

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Killynure Hill Race 10 (18th Aug 2009)

Update: Gerry has been given the all clear by the Doctor and apart from some stiffness and bruising should hopefully be back in a spin class near you in the next while.

We all wish Gerry a speedy recovery after coming off his bike at tonights mostly aborted TT. He has been taken to hospital for precautionary tests and I will inform everyone of his status as soon as I hear. It looks as if his helmet absorbed the impact so hopefully only the ego is bruised. Gerry's new bike had broke on the Inish100 on Sunday and he was out tonight on the old bike.

A good reminder for everyone to keep their bikes well maintained and wear a helmet (which we all do).

Also, for anyone who was looking at my damaged tyres tonight I have just found out there is a product recall on for them; some mistake in the rubberising process. Apparently very dangerous and should not be ridden on!

Back to business next week for the last 2 TTs of the year. Can anyone throw a few surprises this late in the year?

Monday, 10 August 2009

Optional ride for 10th Aug

Details for those who want to meet for a cycle tomorrow night (11th Aug). Note: this is just an informal bike ride for those not going for the 25 mile champs on Thursday.

Meet at Carryduff layby, ready to go at 18:45.
Split into groups of 4.
Groups leave at 3 minute intervals, slowest first.
Easy pedal to Temple.
Chaingang work until Saintfield.
Easy pedal back to Carryduff layby.

The full route is 23.6 miles.

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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Carryduff - Ballygowan Race 9 (4th Aug 2009)

The Met office wrong again! Predictions of heavy rain did not come to pass and apart from a headwind on the way out to Saintfield the weather was fine for a TT. Not quite the "bbq summer" but good enough for us.

The course record for Carryduff-Ballygowan is 29.18 (records began this year) and set by Enda on a perfect evening many weeks ago with his disc wheel, tribars and aero helmet (to not take anything away from a great performance - they will be saying polyurethane swimsuits give a time advantage next).

Talking of records Bill Rafferty set a new one; unfortunately not for out-and-out speed but for three punctures in his last three times on the bike. Advice to Bill - stop skimping on money by fixing these punctures and buy some new tubes. I hear chain reaction cycles have an inner tube sale at the minute. Also, make sure you have no shard of glass in there and replace your rim tape while you at it.

Thanks to Colm for timekeeping and luckily I could interpet the slightly hard to read Doctor's handwriting.

Next week is a rest week due to the 25 mile Ulster TT champs. However as there will probably not be that many doing this event anyone who wants can meet at Carryduff layby at 18:45. The plan is to head out on a new route and do some chaingang work. More details later.

1 Vaughan Purnell 29.45
2 Damien Eannetta 30.25
3 Glen Pollock 32.05
4 Davy Calvert 32.25
5 Jonny Hooper 32.58
6 Was Kettyle 33.05
7 Maeve Cahill 33.14
8 Peter Hanvey 34.08
9 Willie Noteman 34.11
10 Peter McGuicken 34.21
11 Keith Trimble 34.21
12 Ed Smith 34.25
13 Ricky Cowan 34.38
14 Ciaran Hanratty 34.53
15 Gavin Noble 35.19
16 Niall Magee 35.43
17 John McManus 35.45
18 Joanne Bingham 35.48
19 Andy Mulholland 37.25
20 Kate Smith 38.58
21 Bill Rafferty 46.59

TT Training 2019

2019 Rules

You must have a TI licence (a training licence is sufficient), be a member of a triathlon club and have working front AND rear lights on your bike. Cycling helmets are also mandatory. For events marked (ATH) - this means it is an athletes TT, meaning that no TT equipment should be used, such as TT bikes, TT bars, aero helmets etc. You can of course turn up with TT equipment, however, you should be prepared for general teasing and mickey taking as the penalty for doing so!

As we are riding on public roads, the rules of the roads apply. The committee have notified the PSNI of our plans for the season; being seen and riding safely are of paramount importance - these events are very enjoyable and will improve your time trialling, but we should all stay safe when participating in them and we all have a responsibility to ensure that this happens.



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